Scope and arrangement
The Charles Hanson Towne Papers contain correspondence, his writings, financial papers, press clippings, photographs, and ephemera. The correspondence, 1922-1948, is arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent, and contains letters from Towne's friends and fans, many of them prominent in literature and the arts. His most frequent correspondents represented in the collection include, Gertrude Atherton, Marie Adelaide Belloc, Major Edward Bowes, Royal Cortissoz, Theodosia P. Faulks, Zona Gale, Ellen Glasgow, Carolyn Wells Houghton, Fannie Hurst, Richard Le Gallienne, Edgar Lee Masters, Somerset Maugham and Edgar P. Snow. Following the incoming letters is a small folder of outgoing letters, 1918-1931. However, some copies of Towne's replies can be found filed with incoming letters.
The bulk of the collection consists of Towne's writings. Nine notebooks contain holograph manuscripts of his poems, plays, stories, essays, and newspaper columns, 1915-1944. Following the notebooks are undated typescripts of many of his works arranged by genre. His writings also appear in the scrapbooks of press clippings.
The remainder of the collection contains financial correspondence and documents, papers relating to the poetry course he taught at Columbia, and additional press clippings, ephemera, and photographs. Among his Columbia papers are poems written by his students, among them, J. D. Salinger.